Sunday, January 10, 2010

Drawing the line on transparency.

There will be a no more used word in the upcoming gubernatorial election than, transparency. Every newspaper article, every blog post, every political flier or proclamation will use the word, transparency.

A problem known to only one person, will have at most, only
one person working on its solution. A problem know to many,
will have many working on its solution; no one of us is smarter
than all of us.

Clearly, it is our best interests to expose problems to solution.

The opposite is true for those, who through their incompetence
or corruption, own the problem.

The system as it currently exists, allows the line on transparency
to be drawn by those who interests are served by drawing that
line on the far side of their own transgression or shortcoming.

In practice, a line such as the line on transparency is notoriously
hard to draw; it is impossibly difficult to write a policy statement
that applies to every situation.

It is possible though, to create a process that applies to every
situation; a manner in which, on individual bases, determination
can be made on the limits of transparency.

There will be foot dragging on the the identification and
establishment of a process for drawing lines on transparency.
Those who have something to hide, will resist the identification
and institution of a process that shares their secrets.

The foot draggers are easily identified; they are the ones who
are not advocating, conspicuously, for the establishment of a
impartial process under which public records are surrendered
to public knowledge.

When the question is; will you tell the truth,?
any answer except yes, means no.

It is time for a candid, forthright, open and honest discussion
about the surrender of public records to public knowledge.

The candidate that leads that discussion, is the candidate most
likely to actually deliver open and transparent government,
regardless of whatever else they might have to say on the subject.

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